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Artan Buleshkaj

Artan Buleshkaj (°1993), is a Ghent (Belgium) based guitarist and composer. He is active in a myriad of projects in and around the vibrant Ghent scene, spanning a musical spectrum reaching from pop to freely improvised jazz/noise. Active projects include: Marta Rosa (dream pop band based in Ghent, participated in the Humo's Rock Rally, the Nieuwe Lichting,... CD out in 2016 called "Invertebrates) ; BRAIN//CHILD (jazzrock/noise band, with members from Belgium and Italy. Semi-Finalists of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Contest). CD out in 2016 (Self Titled, on Honolulu Records); H A S T (rock/free/noise band, based around the Belgian Altoist Rob Banken, based in and around Ghent). Further accolades include a nomination for the SABAM Young Jazz Talent Award (2016) and participation in the finals of the Belgian B-Jazz International Jazz Award (with Ruis).

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Seppe Gebruers

Oblivious to traditional high-performance standards, Seppe Gebruers (1990) was never one to win the Tour de France. To that end he misses a solid training scheme and a sense of calculating opportunism. Instead, Gebruers is more of an attacker than one to dominate the entire race. Furthermore, he rather surrounds himself with a group of equal leading partners than a supporting team of helpers. Playing at half-force is not an option though, as anyone who has witnessed his physical playing style will testify. Each concert is a classic in its own right, not to be set against another hypothetical future ride

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Ingrid Nomad

Ingrid Nomad was born in Ghent (Belgium). Music was not her first choice as a career. She studied ‘Applied Communications’ and began singing after overcoming stage fright by taking classes with Brad Chapman in Los Angeles (US). He has worked with Anita Baker, Quincy Jones and others. She studied classical piano at the School of arts in Ghent and graduated in 1995. Wanting to expand her horizons, she went to the Jazzstudio in Antwerp where she was introduced to jazz music with the likes of Billy Hart. She then formed a jazz quartet with Olivier Collette (piano), Joris De Backer (double bass) and Wouter Van Dyck (drums)

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Citadelic 2019

Read "Citadelic 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Citadelic Citadelpark Gent, Belgium May 29-June 2, 2019 Free jazz with free admission. That's the appealing concept of the five-day Citadelic festival, which presents jazz, improvisation and other adventurous sounds, from around noon until around 10pm, in a continuous schedule that roams several dips and mounts, or caves ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karl Van Deun & Ruben Machtelinckx: Shapes

Read "Shapes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Young Belgian guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx has already had an active recording career, especially with his quartet and the duo Linus. His recordings have become progressively more acoustic and ever more freely improvised. Guitarist Karl Van Deun was Ruben's teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. His performing career has been sidelined by hearing problems, but he ...

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Karl Van Deun & Ruben Machtelinckx: Shapes

Read "Shapes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In spite of his young age, Belgian guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx has already traversed a wide spectrum of musical expressions, and yet, while the textures are different, his records share a certain lyrical sensibility and the quality of dwelling in the moment. On Shapes, Machtelinckx joins his former teacher Karl Van Deun to play ...

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Skordatura PE: Empty The Headbin

Read "Empty The Headbin" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Belgian quarter has altered their name, actually shortened it from Skordatura Punkjazz Ensemble to Skordatura PE. They still are jazz artists playing punk jazz, not just punks playing jazz. There is an important distinction here. You see they can play, no really play. Their Punkjazz is that of Jaco Pastorious, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz-- ...

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Linus + Skarbø / Leroux: Linus + Skarbø / Leroux

Read "Linus + Skarbø / Leroux" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the seven years since its inception, El Negocito Records, based in Ghent, Belgium, has established itself as one of the most adventurous and far-ranging independent labels on the European new music scene. The phrase “new music" is operative here because the label concentrates on improvisation in all of its musical guises. There are modern jazz ...

Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached

Read "Ruben Machtelinckx & Linus: Belgian Experimental Music, Strings Attached" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Belgian guitarist/composer Ruben Machtelinckx has built an impressive catalog of recordings as a leader since graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2010. He tends to work in groups with no drummer, a chamber jazz approach that suits his lyrical, sometimes minimalist compositions well. His guitar style is tasteful and devoid of flashy pyrotechnics: even ...


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